Home; Imprint; Download


Katja Esson is an Academy Award® nominated filmmaker based in New York City who mixes documentary and narrative genres. Esson began her career in Miami as a production assistant for the notorious rap group 2 Live Crew. Since her days of wrangling booty-shaking babes, Esson has directed a variety of award-winning documentaries and short films. Born and raised in Germany, Esson brings a quirky European sensibility to the distinctively American subjects she chooses. more »



American Rivers (Amerikas Flüsse) premiere on Arte


Production starts on American Rivers (Amerikas Flüsse)


Production starts on Cantineros de Cuba in Havana


Backroads USA (Amerikas Legendäre Strassen) premieres on Arte

Backroads Latin America is green-lit by Arte. Location scout in South-America for Backroads Latin America (Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Cuba)


Skydancer premiers on PBS - "America Reframed", October 2012

Skydancer is nominated for the Magnolia Award (Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Camera ) at the Shanghai TV and Film Festival, June 2012

Katja Esson nominated for United States Artists Fellowship

Skydancer screens the Smithsonian in Washington DC

Poetry of Resilience is nominated for the Cinema for Peace Award, during Berlin Film Festival


Skydancer premiers at the Margaret Mead Festival (Museum of Natural History), New York City

Poetry of Resilience wins ‘BEST SHORT DOC’ at Woodstock Film Festival

Hooker Harlot Whore (Das Älteste Gewerbe) wins Silver Screen at US Film and Video Festival


We are New York is nominated for 4 Emmys Awards